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sunday at noon eastern on booktv on c-span2. >> next, remarks from the head of the u.s. africa command, general carter ham. the outgoing general spoke at howard university about security and counteror terrorism challenges in northern africa, including mali. president obama nominated general david rodriguez to replace general ham earlier this month. this is just over an hour. [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon and welcome. it is, i'm harold scott, interim director of the ralph bunche international affairs center, and it's my pleasure to welcome general carter ham to howard university and the ralph bunche center on behalf of sydney our president and wayne frederick, our provost. general ham has had a very distinguished career in public service and in the military. general ham served as an enlisted infantryman in the 82nd airborne division before attending john carroll university in cleveland, ohio. he was commissioned in the infantry as a distinguished military graduate, and his military services include assignments in kentucky, ohio, california and germany, just to name a few.
years after i first went to south africa, the record finally came out. it was met with immediate praise. there is so much despair coming out of south africa so many haunting images of death and oppression sometimes its hard to remember that life there does go on in all of its forms, and a celebration of the black life of south africa can be heard in this country in a remarkable album called "graceland." man: rather than diluting one of the most vital pop music subcultures in the world that of black south africa he transforms it he works a real synthesis. that's very hard to do. ♪ it was a slow day... ♪ man: all artists who have long careers periodically hit dead ends and if you're gonna keep a career going you have to keep being a kid again, and that's in a way what he did with "graceland," was to be a kid again. to be back to three chords to be bouncing around, to be making joyous, danceable music. ♪ i could say oo-oo-ooo ♪ winfrey: it's my favorite album of all time. second favorite is stevie wonder "songs in the key of
the history of africa and the challenges facing the continent today. this is about an hour and 10 minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much, thank you. thank you and good evening. i hope that you were not expecting a formal lecture. i was told this was to be a conversation, but a few minutes ago i half understood that some people were expecting a formal lecture. it doesn't matter. we'll have a conversation. [laughter] i thought, well, let me make remarks about the book, and begin by asking the question which i pose myself why this book of africa, huh did it come about? i was, you know, just why did i write the book? no, because i didn't really write it. i was just putting down a continuing conversation, a continuing discourse in which i've been engaged, i think, most of my life, but if you want examples, if you want some immediate instances of the kind of encounters that led inevitably to putting down notes on the subject matter of the book which, you know, tries to cover quite a bit of range, let's just take the religious side. in the green room just there now, i saw on the wall a poste
, on friendlier > africa. let's get into that. africa. what's the big picture? >> benghazi did not happen in a vacuum. the arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region. instability in mali has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists who look to expand their influence and plot further attacks of the kind we saw just last week in algeria. >> what happened last week in algeria, north africa, was the murder of at least 37 hostages, including three americans at the militants attack a natural gas plant in the eastern part of the country. the al-qaida splinter group called the signers with blood brigade claimed responsibility. question is the volatility in north africa an outcome of the arab spring, or does it predate the arab spring? patrick. >> john, some of it predates the arab spring, but what this shows, and what the hillary thing was about, the complete disaster of what we done libya. we dumped over this corrupt dictator and all these forces moved out of there. they went into mali. you have al-qaida in the mob grab moving through tha
the whole of western africa. islamic law in the country managed to push back malian troops. sources told al jazeera that rebels have their eyes set on a town that will and the control of an airport. many had been waiting for the economic community of west africa to stop the rebels. french sources are facing a task. within hours of announcing military operations, there were new reports of french casualties. >> in the new fighting, one of our pilots was killed. he was sent to the medical center before dying of his injuries. >> they are confident they will defeat the rebels. an immediate deployment has been authorized. there is a sense of on these. many support intervention, but they say the presence of foreign troops in mali will only worsen the situation. they say help from outside is unavoidable if the rebels have to be stopped in their traps. -- teracks. -- tracks. >> the face of a secret agent who was captured is still unclear. the french defense ministry says he was presumed dead. the group al shabaz says he is being held alive. there was another gang rape on public transport. the victim
it certainly has not recovered? it could be argued that they are doing worse. when i bring africa to the u.s. ? i know a lot of africans are anxious about this. >> the question about mali is a fair question. the kernel probably has some more insight on this. we have had a u.s. training effort with the mali forces for some number of years. some of that has occurred in mali and some of it was mali officers coming to that u.s. for training. there were some who led the military coup, which overthrew the elected government. that is worrisome for us. we asked ourselves questions. did we miss the signs that this was happening? was there anything that we did in our training that was -- that could have been done differently and caused a different outcome? i think that the answer is a little bit of both. as we look at this from a purely military standpoint, we were focusing our training almost exclusively on tactical or technical matters. how to operate various pieces of equipment and how to improve effectiveness or tactical operations and the like. i see that there kernel is a paratrooper. -- colon
condition. can you figure out that there is a new disease in africa. and you said, i know i'm only 27 years old, but i want to go there. i want to go to africa. i want to be in the middle of this venture. >> just. >> where did all this come from? >> well, my mother always said silence is golden. but i had an incredible penchant for discovery when i was a child. i worked as a travel agent in turkey. the one goal i had in life was to get out of here. it was a very conservative sense of adventure. it was the despair of my mother and whole family. he drove everyone nuts that i always asked why. you know, and i really wanted to know. i did not have much respect for hierarchy and authority. so yes, that is why said yes. it's not because i was 27. also, later on, most people who had no seniority, they were actually not jumping up and down to go along with this to they knew how hard it would be? >> yes, that is true. >> coming away from the way you describe the episode, there are four things that are key. experiences or realization. yamaha moment out of the a bullet in 1976 episode. strange test tu
by terrorists in north africa. we have the latest as some of the missing make their way home. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> good evening, thanks for staying up late with us tonight. well, a cancer survivor wins the most grueling race in the world seven times clean. it's the kind of story we want to believe in, right? well, tonight brought confirmation from lance armstrong that on the contrary, he was really a cheating, lying bully who spent years destroying the lives of anyone who dared speak the truth about his fraudulent fame. there was a time when such a man would be put in stocks in the public square for neighbors to spit on, but the modern version is a visit with oprah. anyone expecting explosive condemnation from her or contrite tears from him tonight was disappointed. >> reporter: even though we knew it was coming, hearing lance armstrong say it out loud was surreal. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> in all
, take the british people with you. >> south africa is looking at newark power for its future nuclear ended -- at nuclear power for its future and nuclear energy needs. >> the corzine were the original inhabitants of southern africa. for at least 2000 years, the hunted, herded, and gathered on the land and the sea. skeletons in the sand and evidence of what and where they ate. >> maybe they ate the food out of the jars. >> the land was seized by colonialists. under apartheid, their identity was further fracturing the proposal to build a nuclear power station here is unacceptable. >> they take our land. they are ready to take our identity away from us. everything we have got, they take away from us. now what is left for us is only -- >> these artifacts were all collected here. she and her husband, a traditional healer, are trying to preserve a culture they say is not respected. they do not have former first reform of first nation indigenous that as yet. -- they do not have formal first nation indigenous status yet. >> it is not for them to say this community is right, this community is
africa. is next. "washington journal" is next. host:a bipartisan group of senas has outlined a plan to overhaul immigration laws in the united states. president obama is on his first post inauguration trip in nevada. we will carry the remarks this afternoon. how should the laws on immigration reform be changed or enforced? here are the numbers to call. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. you can also find us online, send us a tweet by writing to twitter.com/c-spanwj, or share your comments with us on facebook by searching for c- span. you can also e mail us, journal@c-span.org. here is the headline from "the washington post," this morning -- "senators outline immigration plan." host: let's take a listen to some of that press conference from yesterday afternoon. senator chuck schumer opened things up. here is what he had to say about the details so far. [video clip] >> americans overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration and support legal immigration. to this end, we have four basic pillars. tough but fair passed to citizenship f
. through his blind grandmother and her visions, he discovers her his race and africa. he came to our studios on the eve of dr. king's birthday to talk about his new novel. he lives now in st. kitts. >> when i was a child growing up in richmond, virginia, we were called negros. no one i knew we were called that. no one knew the province of that word. it had no connection to what we might have been before we were blocked from review by that lethal, opaque space of slavery. so we did not know anything about ourselves except we had been called this, but not by ourselves. it turns out is much like the case of the sardine. there is no such thing as a sardine as a fish living free in the ocean. it only becomes one when it is captured and put in a pan. and we were only called negros when we were leveled during slavery as that, as a way of severing us from any memory of what we had been. so we lost our mothers, our fathers, our families, our religions, our languages, our cultures, our memories of what we had been. and so we thought we had no history before slavery. and this man, this new name
's in northwest africa. it's a big. >> stephen: how big compared to france? >> up there. it's big. it's big. >> stephen: thank you for your -- [ laughter ] thank you for your precision. why does france care about mali? >> here is why france cares. mali say former colony of france. right? >> stephen: okay. wait, they had colonies? >> they had a ton of colonies. >> stephen: really? there were countries that surrendered to france? [ laughter ] >> and for many decades. >> stephen: no longer colonies. >> no longer a colonies. the french gave up the colonies around 1960 but kept them on a longer or shorter leash depending on which country and how much stuff they had. mali is in the middle of a part of africa where there's natural resources, tons of oil offshore. a lot of that oil gets dealt to the french on good terms. algeria is a place where there's all kinds of stuff the french want and get. >> stephen: is this al qaeda in there? >> it's al qaeda. >> stephen: there a guy like bin laden? is there a name i have to peoplerrize again? >> not yet and i hope there won't be any. >> stephen: my abu an
and you're here today. we thank you very much for that. i want to follow up on one area of northern africa that you point out the risk factors that we currently have in northern africa. algeria is a reminder of the global security concerns. we do not know as senator rich pointed out the individuals who may have been involved in libya may have been involved and algeria, we don't know that. we do know there's reports from the united nations and others that weapons have gotten from libya into algeria, which points out our need as we look at transitions occurring in that region, syria, assad is not going to be there we think much longer. there's a lot of weapons in syria. do we have a strategy to make sure as we go through transition in countries that their weapons are -- we're mindful that these weapons could end up harming u.s. interests and it needs to be part of the strategy that make sure as we support alternative governments and the rebels that there is a strong priority in protecting the source of these weapons not ending up harming americans or harming our interests. >> well, senator,
africa, and for the united states and the broader international community. >> rose: joining me from washington margaret brennan state department correspondent for cbs news. welcome. >> good to see you, charlie. >> tell me more about the attitude at the state department about alger ya, the link with mali and what might be coming. >> i think it was very interesting to hear hillary clinton there put mali, algeria and al qaeda quickly in that same paragraph. linking those concepts because the state department has been concerned as she has been in pushing algeria to take a more active role in trying to control al qaeda. because they have been building out what is feared to be a command and control center within northern mali. that is to say there are weapons coming from libya, through algeria, down into mali, and there is a worry that this could become another afghanistan that is why she was in algeria at the end of october and it is why the u.s. state department and foreign policy advisors have been very concerned about the threat. they say yes, it should be an african response. it's an
those threats are growing in north africa. the attacks last week in algeria again show the nature of the danger. i support having a wide diplomatic presence. we can't retreat. as you recognized in your testimony. but it has to be done with the safety of our personnel foremost in mind. this committee intends to work with with your department in a bipartisan way to improve security. every organization has shortcomings. few welcome them being highlighted. it's this committee's job to get answers to the tough questions. our goal is to identify where state department management broke down, thus failing to protect our people in benghazi. it is clear that the problem was not confined to a few individuals. the accountability review board convened by you, madam secretary, found "systemic failure in leadership in management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the state department. according to the board, these systemic failures led to the grossly inadequate security in libya. the benghazi compound was facing a storm of militancy and a flood of weapons, and facing a deteriora
africa bombings which said that, quote, the secretary of state should take a personal and active role in security issues. this committee is concerned the department's most senior officials either should have known about the worsening security situation in benghazi or did know something about that security situation. either way, either way, the point is that security requests were denied. so i'm not sure the board -- i'm not sure the board here saw the full picture. and if not, its report is not a complete blueprint for fixing things. the state department must get this right. al qaeda and its affiliates will very likely be targeting other diplomats for years to come. madam secretary, the committee stands ready to help. i learned this morning that you and the administration have proposed legislation to fix the review board, which the committee looks forward to considering. today's discussion may turn to funding. but when reading the conclusions of the board, one must ask how more money would have made a difference in a bureaucracy plagued by what the board called systemic failures. afte
. >> that case has captured media attention of around the world, but a similar case in south africa where 600,000 people are sexually assaulted every year has largely gone unnoticed. police are searching for suspects accused of raping a student on wednesday. our africa correspondent reports. >> another gang rape in south africa in fields close to a university were a 21-year-old woman was going to enroll. she was attacked at night and survived. for other students, the incident has come as no surprise. >> [indiscernible] it is not ok. >> there must be something done about them. >> of the gang rape here has provoked little more than a collective shrug across south africa, almost stunned by the scale of the problem. 600,000 people are sexually assaulted every year. >> this woman was gang-raped in 2010 and she has become a vocal campaigner for women's rights in what she believes to be a damaged society. >> gender-based violence is part of the patriarchal culture. >> into thinking it is endemic? >> is an everyday thing. it happens on a daily basis. >> i think that fear, there is violence, because t
in afghanistan or pakistan or africa 90% of ands come up and i think the as great tragedy we've lost that oral tradition and a rich tradition about folklore and heritage and faith and heritage. to honor that today i'd like to share with you a little story. it's a hard cover book that came out in march of 2006. anybody have a hard cover. wave it up here. you might not want it after i say this. i got to pick the title. three cups of tea but viking told me they would pick the subtitle and they picked one man mission to fight terrorism one school at a time. i objected because obviously there's- ways to fight tear riz m with education but i said i do this to promote peace and i started 8 years before 911 and this is about promoting peace through education. i've worked afghanistan and pakistan many years and i said we need to have a tribal council. i went to manhattan in the fall of 2005 and the big boss of the whole group, nancy shepherd and carlin coburn in publicity. we met in a little room and i stated my case and they said, this is your first book so you need to listen to a few things here. fir
-jazeera, jakarta. >> to south africa now were striking farm workers have been involved in two days of confrontation. they're calling for the minimum daily wage to be doubled. >> this highway has become a battleground and they have the superior firepower, but there are hundreds of businesses. the seasonal workers want the minimum daily wage increased from $8 to $15.50. most of south africa food for aid borders is here and it is built on the banks of for the paid black workers. >> i am bending down trying to pay wage i cannot afford. >> he says he already record a loss on every carton. he is worried about what will happen if the can of bill is export orders. >> in the long run, the chances are good that they're going to lose their jobs and the labor unions are not telling the workers that. >> they pay for 110 season workers and the helps the full- time staff with medical b ills, housing, and electricity. >> the workers do not want to be identified because they are afraid it will be targeted by the people are a strike. one man was on his way to the farm when he was doused with petrol. >> he believes t
university, irshad manji, author, and an independent africa policy analyst and researcher and former executive director of the washington, d.c., based group africa, action. outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton and before the senate foreign affairs committee wednesday less than a month after being hospitalized with a blood clot to testify about the attack at benghazi. it killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. senator marco rubio of florida was one of the three that asked sensible questions about lapses in security at the consulate. >> were you ever asked to participate in any sort of internal or interagency meeting before this attack with regard to the deteriorating security situation in libya? >> with specific security requests, they didn't come to me, i had no knowledge of them. >> for the most part, though, republicans seemed to obsess over the comments of the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice over double talk, alleged coverup and whether rice purposely underplayed the terrorist connection and underscored protests to an anti-muslim film. >> we were t
out how to work effectively tg between the civilian and military assets in africa and that would be a worthy subject of this committee working with the armed services committee because it's often difficult. in my four years, we tried to work out more cooperative relationships and funding streams between state and dod to be able to maximize the cooperation between us. >> when you talk about the need to prioritize because of shortfalls, more marine security guards talk about construction budgets and upgrades. what does that mean and what are the decisions and how do they impact our diplomatic personnel? >> first and foremost, we have to do the right job prioritizing based on the resources and i would be the first to say it's not all about money, but it's not without budgetary consequences. we have to figure out the right balance. i spoke with the secretary and chairman and asked them to work with us in putting together interagency assessment teams and look at the high threat post. the military brings a different perspective. that was an important process which we are going to conti
in the philippines, his work with aids in africa, his work as chairman of the new start treaty and his very public and successful diplomatic intervention in afghanistan, pakistan, and sedan. -- sudan. historians will be judged his senate years on his impact on foreign policy at much the same way so many people recognized ted kennedy's impact on domestic policy. from his many years in the u.s. senate, he has developed a very personal understanding that we represent not just states or governments, but also people. i want to ask john why he loves the senate. he said it is the pride he feels in trying to get things done for people. for three years now, he has been working quietly to help a father from massachusetts, whose two sons were kidnapped and taken to eject. john even called former president mubarak and had a screaming match with him about it. five times he has been to egypt and every time, colin has been at the top of his list in every meeting. every senator has -- it is what we do. we fight for people back,. as secretary, john will understand that and bend over backwards to help us do that. h
africa likely pulled the trigger on an operaon that was already in the pipeline. so who is this group? what i their goals? how closely affiliated with al qaeda? is the united states prepared for a resurgent al qaeda in any form weather in north africa or in any other reason? those questions we hope to answer here tonight. former cia operative michael sawyer joins us, middle east affairs and author and columnis and member of the council on foreign relations monicker crowley among our guests tonight. we begin with it jennifer griffith who has the latest on was spared the hostage crisis and the fate of those involved. >> the kidnappers themselves said they took dozens of hostages at the bp oil and gas facility in response to algeria giving the french permission to fly into neighboring mali where french troops are trying to push back al qaeda-ling to preble's. >> instability in mali has created the opportunity for a staging base and safe haven for terrorists. >> more than 41 foreign oil workers were captured by the al qaeda-linked group whose leader lost an eye fighting in afghanistan. do
know, that matters to the fathers and mothers of africa, and in the long run tmatters to humanity's optimism about its ability to achieve big things. the vacuum created by the u.s. not having clear views in solving problems is-- is-- is very scary. who's going to fill that void? yeah, there's a lot of great countries around, but we should be proud of the fact that people still expect us to step back, really know the numbers, know the science. the good news for microsoft is the magic of the future-- visual recognition, speech recognition, letting you navigate rich amounts of information-- that is very software centric. and the neat services where your memories and what you're doing in your educational core, that's going to be kept in the cloud for you. that kind of plays to might rosoft's strengths. >> rose: bill gates for the hour next. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: bill gates is here. he is, as you know the chairman cofounder of the microsoft. his focus has been on philanthropic organizations since ju
more effectively together teen our civilian and military assets in africa. that would be a worthy subject of this committee working with the armed services committee because it is difficult. we have tried to work out more funding streams and cooperative relationship in order to be able to maximize the cooperation between us. >> when you talk about the feed to prioritize because of shortfalls construction budget and more marine security guards, what does that mean? what are the decisions that have to be made? how do they impact our diplomatic personnel? >> we have to do the right job prioritizing based on resources we have. i am the first to say it is not all about money but it is will not without budgetary consequences. we have to figure out right balance. second, after this happened i spoke with secretary panetta, chairman dempsey and asked the defense department to work with us to put together inner agency security assessment times to look at the high threat posts. our military brings a different perspective. that was a very important process which we are going to continue. we a
one of its bases in africa back and spare a man. islamist forces have controlled the deserts' of mali. they were pushing south. the air strikes began. the french claim to have pushed the rebels back. the forces push on another front. france now needs land forces to capitalize on the campaign. some of those forces will be african. they are slow in coming and they need military equipment. >> the main fighting will take place north of here. in the vast somalian desert. so far, the capital has remained unaffected. they were concerned that if the islamists cross a line in the sand, this would have been there next top. the war has come here in the form of wounded government soldiers. this is not just an air campaign. the suffering is on the ground. >> for more on the situation, i enjoyed by someone from the institute for policy studies. so i would suspect that a year ago people had not even heard of mali, let alone the islamist threat. >> a year ago, nobody anticipated this would happen. mali has been a stable democracy for quite some time, since the early 1990's. this is a statute which an
, temperatures are not too bad. a top temperature of 11 degrees in madrid. across parts of northern africa, some clouds moving in across libya. the wind coming in from the northwest. temperatures no higher than 21 degrees. it extends southwest as we move into central price of africa. seasonal rains pushing away further -- it extends southwest as we move into central parts of africa. we have seen significant parts of rainfall in zanzibar. it is a mixed bag. >> hello again. top stories here on al jazeera. five men in india are due to be charged in court of the murder and a gang rape of a young woman. the 23-year-old woman died in a hospital in singapore. thousands have been calling for stricter laws to protect women. air strikes against rebels in the northern state in myanmarl . more now on our top story. more about the tribal leader's life. >> he has been a crucial link. only for connections between the pakistani and afghan taliban and for harold al qaeda. he was suspected of having sheltered and -- and for afghan al qaeda. he was suspected of sheltering an being a part of the command and control
from africa. the nigerians will be sending 900. respect around 200 to arrive dead sometime today. niger, around 500 in the coming days. the french and malians want the african forces on the ground as quickly as possible. >> thank you for that report from the capital of mali. in the last few hours, a helicopter has crashed near a busy railway station in central london, killing at least two people. the helicopter hit a crane on top of a building. the accident happened early in the morning with many people heading to work. >> i was on top of the building and i saw the helicopter hit the crane and the helicopter came crashing down onto the road. the crane went into the side of the building. >> charlie is at the scene. is it clear now what happened? >> police are still not commenting on what caused the crash. they have revealed the number of casualties. 11. one of them in critical condition. people were presenting themselves at different hospitals is why they did not know that number at first. one of the dead was in the helicopter. they have not announced where the other fatality came from.
scramble for africa. investment is accelerating in the continents high growth resource rich nations. africa's economy has grown by nearly 6% every years since 200. much of the continent is rich in oil and rare metals. japan doesn't intend to be left behind. the trading firm will start training local farmers how to grow soybeans. they will be exported to japan, a first from africa. it wants to boost production because local consumption is expected to grow. another company will build a geothermal plant in kenya next year. an official of the japan external trade organization says fir firms are changing how they operate. >> translator: many are venturing in africa because they see business opportunities such as natural resources and development. another notable trend is consumer spending there is rising. japanese firms are focusing on catering to their needs. >>> 2013 could be the year of the stem cell. several groups plan to accelerate work to put ips cells to clinical trial and practical use. the cells have been developed by last year's noble laureate. they can be grown into any kind of body
of the instruments that werwere performed by the africas in p purrue and the different groups and they spoke different languages so it was very hard for them to communicate. >> (speaking spanish). >> so the communication will be done by sign. >> (speaking spanish). >> they didn't talk but they could communicate each other. >> (speaking spanish). >> and the form of communication and many of the movements were -- they were used in the dances that we have today. >> (speaking spanish). >> this movement -- >> span spanish. >> are >> >> (speaking spanish). >> are here and it means soul. >> (speaking spanish). >> and when we go to move our bodies -- >> (speaking spanish). >> they mean the essence. >> (speaking spanish). >> when they go to work the earth -- >> (speaking spanish). >> is the contact with our mother nature. >>nature -- >> (speaking spanish). >> that will live us food, take care of us and receive us before we die. >> (speaking spanish). >> we also have this and movement of work. >> (speaking spanish). >> or conversation. >> (speaking spanish). >> which is the key to receive love. >>
of the events of the news ties into not just benghazi but what is happening all over the northern part of africa. what is she expected to say about the war on terror and the pursuit of al qaeda? >> reporter: bill, we expect she will talk about essentially all of the attacks that have been on these diplomatic facilities dating back to the 1970s or 1980s even. essentially how it has been a problem spot for both republican and democratic administrations. she is also expected to take responsibility for what happened in benghazi. here's a sample what her, let's go back to the hearing, bill. bill: mike, thank you. this is senator bob menendez out of new jersey, who is beginning his statement and we would anticipate hillary clinton to follow him. let's listen. >> officially seating members. i want to ask unanimous consent of returning members to allow our prospective members to participate in today's hearing. if there is no objections so ordered. madam secretary, let me welcome you and thank you for honoring your commitment to come before the committee after the administrative review board's findings.
. -- i do not think i will influence that many people. >> if i could shift to africa. in the french are on the ground and in mali. the united states has supplied limited aircraft to support them. is it more the united states should and could be doing? >> there a lot of things going on right now. we know the joseph kony situation. we know about somalia and all these problem areas. we do have some people on the ground. my concern with africa, and i was instrumental in getting that under a unifying one command, they do not have the resources necessary to be able to cover their problems. as they sit tight in the middle east and the terrorism bozell to djibouti and the horn of africa, it is a serious problem. we made a decision after it 9/11 to go down there and help the africans build five african brigades so that when this happened they will be able to take care of their own problems. my answer is i do not think we have the resources that i wish we had in africa. i have felt that way for a long time. >> is there something the united states can do now about the situation in mali to supp
. >> the united eights is planning to expand its drone program to northwest africa -- the united states is planning to expand its drone program to northwest africa. the us will -- the aim is to gather intelligence against rebel groups in the region. this is where the rebel groups operate across africa. in nigeria, boca harrumph -- in nigeria, fighters have -- resistance army is active in the region between the south and the central african republic'. in this stretches where the al qaeda and other groups are based -- in this stretch is where the al qaeda and other groups are based. a former u. s. flight officer says that recent events have made -- a former flight officer says that recent events have made this necessary. >> the situation 10 months, 12 months ago, the concerns about drone strikes and civilian casualties -- i would say that many people in north africa probably now rate the risk from al qaeda affiliates as higher. this is all in retrospect, seeing what has happened in algeria, seeing what has happened in mali. there is quite a lot of concern from north african nations about
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